- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) - Inbee Park completed the final requirement for the LPGA Hall of Fame on Thursday, playing the first round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

The 27-year-old South Korean player became the youngest women to reach eligibility for the Hall of Fame, accomplishing the feat with her 10th event of her 10th season. She has won seven major titles - including the last three Women’s PGAs - and has 17 LPGA Tour victories.

Dealing with inflammation in the tendon and ligaments of her left thumb, Park closed with a bogey for a 1-over 72. She celebrated with family, Hall of Famers, fellow player and tour officials.

Park trailed first-round leader Brooke Henderson by five shots. The 18-year-old Henderson made a hole-in-one on her fourth hole and birdied the final two holes for a 4-under 67.

Henderson aced the 13th hole, using a 7-iron from 155 yards. The Canadian won a car that she gave to sister and caddie Brittany.

Christina Kim and I.K. Kim followed at 69.

Ariya Jutanugarn, the winner of her last three starts, was tied for fourth at 70. She played alongside Park. Top-ranked Lydia Ko had an even-par 71.

Michelle Wie shot a 78, making a double bogey and five bogeys. She’s winless since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open and hasn’t had a top-10 finish in 36 events.


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shawn Stefani, Tom Hoge and Seung-yul Noh shared the FedEx St. Jude Classic lead at 5-under 65.

Little wind and perfect though fast greens created near perfect scoring conditions at the TPC Southwind. Some extra rough requiring tight shots also provided a good test for players preparing for the U.S. Open next week at Oakmont in Pennsylvania.

Hoge had a bogey-free round in the morning group. This is only the second time Hoge has played the event, but he has qualified for the U.S. Open twice in Memphis and tied for 12th at Southwind last year.

Dustin Johnson, the 2012 winner, was in the group at 66 with Steve Stricker, Jamie Donaldson, Colt Knost, Brian Gay and Miguel Angel Carballo. Retief Goosen, Scott Stallings and Justin Leonard - a two-time winner in the event - all shot 67s.

Henrik Norlander of Sweden had a share of the lead with two holes to play among the final players on the course. But he three-putted from 4 feet on the par-3 eighth and finished with a 67.

Phil Mickelson matched defending champion Fabian Gomez of Argentina at 70.


FLOURTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Jay Don Blake birdied three of the last five holes at windy Philadelphia Cricket Club for a 2-under 70 and the first-round lead in the Constellation Senior Players Championship.

The 57-year-old Blake had five birdies and three bogeys on the A.W. Tillinghast-designed Wissahickon Course. He won the last of his three senior titles in 2012, and won at Torrey Pines in 1991 for his lone PGA Tour victory.

Vijay Singh bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall a stroke back along with Jeff Sluman, Brandt Jobe and Bart Bryant. Colin Montgomerie topped the group at 70.

Two-time defending champion Bernhard Langer bogeyed three of his last four holes for a 71. The German star won in 2014 at Fox Chapel in Pittsburgh and last year at Belmont in Massachusetts.

Tom Watson, at age 66, also opened with a 71. John Daly had a 76.


ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) - Spain’s Adrian Otaegui shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the Lyoness Open.

The 23-year-old Otaegui birdied four of the last five holes at Diamond Country Club. Sweden’s Bjorn Akesson was second after a 66, and France’s Gary Stal and South Africa’s Zander Lombard shot 67.

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